Family shares video of ‘Honor Walk’ for Evansville teen

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — An Evansville teen who died earlier this week has been honored for donating his organs to help save lives.

Mason Bogard was walked through the halls of Deaconness Hospital with friends and family in attendance.

Mason’s mother shared the emotional moment in a Facebook  post on Tuesday night. She said her son’s organs will save five lives.

The family has given us permission to share this incredibly emotional and difficult moment.

Deaconess will also fly the Donor Flag for three days in his honor.

Joann Bogard said her son Mason attempted what’s known as the choking challenge last week.

Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear said the investigation into his death is ongoing and could take weeks for toxicology tests and witness interviews.

15-year-old Mason Bogard’s funeral services will be held at Pierre Funeral Home on Friday, May 10, 2019, at 10 a.m. The burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Evansville.

Mason was born on January 23, 2004, in South Bend, Indiana. He loved the outdoors, fishing, camping, backyard campfires, spending time with his family and creating something unique and special in the kitchen.

Mason passed away earlier this week at Deaconess Midtown. He donated his organs and according to his family’s Facebook post, his organs will help other people.

Friends are welcome to visit with the family on Thursday, May 9 from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Pierre Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd, Suite 102 PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057; to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517 or to the Indiana Donor Network, 3760 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46222.

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(This story was originally published on May 8, 2019)

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